AP Art of the Week

Spotlight on Artist Lucas Koranda

Welcome to The Elective’s digital art museum, dedicated to the incredible work of AP Arts students. This week we feature a ceramic work made by Lucas Koranda from Parker School in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Welcome to The Elective’s digital art museum, dedicated to the incredible work of AP Arts students. Each week we highlight a work or series created in one of the AP Arts concentrationsAP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing (the AP Program also offers Art History and Music Theory)—as well as a statement from the artist (and, occasionally, their teacher).

From the first cave paintings to contemporary breakthroughs in virtually reality, art, in all its forms, has been a crucial way for people to process, make sense of, comment on, and grapple with the world around them. In 2020, there is a lot to process and grapple with—and AP Art students have risen to the challenge. The work many of them submitted in their final portfolios is explicitly of the moment, from commentary on the covid-19 pandemic to the celebration of people of color to the nature of heroism in perilous times.

The work is often challenging and provocative but always insightful, inspiring, and expansive.

This week we feature a ceramic work made by Lucas Koranda from Parker School in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Photo of a five-piece tea set in black, white, and gray

Here’s Lucas’ statement on the work:

“The selected work depicts my concept design process and digital construction of an elliptical teapot for complimentary tea cups, and three interchangeable teapot lids. As a three dimensional artist, I primarily construct physical pottery pieces on the wheel, but this year circumstances interrupted my typical creation process. Once quarantine was enacted, I was forced to explore other avenues and artistic mediums to complete my portfolio. Rather than abandoning the completion of my portfolio, I persevered through the materialistic challenges and withheld my extra time as an opportunity to enhance my work.

sketches and diagrams of the black, white, and gray tea set

“While designing this piece, I determined that the artistic values of minimalism, modesty, and contemporary entity were of utmost importance. After gaining inspiration from curved geometric shapes, such as the ellipsoid and sphere, I experimented with calligraphy, pens and ink to construct a definite shape on paper. During this phase of my design process, I outlined various glaze combinations, textures, sizes and accessories of the tea set by using shading techniques and cursive writing. To manifest a finished piece for my portfolio, I experimented with Adobe Dimensions to replicate, manipulate, and professionally render my design in a digital route. I enjoyed exploring proportion and scale through mathematics during the construction of the tea set and Adobe dimensions, as well as adding texture and color to create contrast.

“I'm proud to represent the visual artists of Parker school. This achievement could not have been accomplished without the assistance and support by my teacher, Miss Butcher, and the many other artists of my school.”

And here are a few other works from Lucas’ portfolio:

two phtoos of a green bottle on the left and in the middle, sketch of the bottle on the right

My analysis of bottleneck forms began with physical concept designs made with ink and fountain pens. I examined simplicity in form/proportion/scale in relation to modern design to value artistic norms.

photo of a bottle with two bumpy nodes on the left, a sketch of the bottle on the right

In my investigation, I explored various polychromatic glazes relative to the eminent form. I furthered my exploration of texture by breaking artisanal rules through the emphasis of hierarchy.

bottle with a twisty neck on the left, sketch of the bottle on the right

As I concluded with a comprehensive form, I assessed suspended necks. While revising forms, I sought to conceptualize my ideas of defying scale/imbalance before execution.

Student statements are lightly edited for length and clarity.